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Suspended activists take Labour Party to court

‘Labour Activists For Justice’ group begins legal proceedings over exclusions

18 December, 2020

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer

A HIGH Court claim has been filed against the Labour Party by suspended activists.

Michael Ellman, 83, was excluded from the Labour Party after he proposed a motion in his local Junction Ward branch to reconsider the IHRA definition of antisemitism in August this year.

He is part of a group that calls itself Labour Activists For Justice (LAFJ) that instructed their solicitors to begin legal proceedings on Wednesday.

LAFJ claim their members were unfairly suspended under a disciplinary process that the equalities watchdog has since deemed unfit for purpose after it investigated anti-Jewish racism in the party.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has accepted the findings of the Equality and Human Rights Commission report into his party, which includes the recommendation to set up a new independent disciplinary process.

LAFJ has raised more than £50,000 through a crowdfunding effort to pay for their legal fees. It is expected that the costs could eventually be much higher.

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